Every August, I start on my photography projects and Christmas gifts. I like to start as early as I can since the holidays can be hectic. I spend all year collecting photos on my computer for the project. If I’m ready by the end of August, it’s easy to take advantage of photo deals from sites like Shutterfly.
Family Photo Calendar
My main photo project is a family photo calendar I’ve been doing for about 5 or 6 years. I give it to all the grandparents, a few of the aunts, and of course, my husband gets a copy for his office. My mother-in-law has been saving each yearly calendar since I started. She loves looking at the pictures of the kids over and over again.
While I collect a lot of pictures over the year, I have a few guidelines I keep in mind when choosing the pictures for the photo calendar.
- The image has to be awesome. I only use my best work.
- Each of my 5 kids is represented at least once.
- I include a photo of special days like First Communion, First Day of School, and Kindergarten Graduation.
- No sad faces. My goal is to celebrate our family and my children’s successes.
First Communion Album
For the past few years, I’ve also been working on a big project every year – a photo album for each child’s First Communion celebration. This First Communion Album is a big tradition in my parish, and one I look forward to each time.
I use the album as a comprehensive album for each kid. I’d love to do multiple albums for all 5 kids. Maybe when the kids are out of the house? For now, I spend a lot of time and enough creating a First Communion Album that can serve also as a memory album.
More Photo Gift Ideas
Even though I have to work on my daughter’s First Communion Album this year, I am dying to make a photo album for each of the grandparents. I’d love to focus on the baby years for my kids since I was just getting started in digital photography for 4 of my kids.
I’d love to make one of these for my husband. As an engineer, he’s constantly walking around job sites with his iPhone 5S and no protective case. This fun case kills 2 birds with one stone – he can carries pictures of his kids with him while protecting his phone. Booyah!
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